All Creation Obeys
Verses 91-92 Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve You. If Your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
We talked yesterday about how the word of the Lord is eternal, but what does that mean for this life and the world we live in?
The psalmist continues his praise song with a slight twist that reminds us that God’s law system is also for the natural world. It isn’t that the trees are supposed to love each other or that the squirrels take a Sabbath to rest and worship the Lord, or various other animals or parts of creation needing to keep any of the Ten Commandments. That would just be ridiculous to think that nature would be expected to live by the law the ways that humans are.
So if nature isn’t keeping the law the way we are to keep it, what does the psalmist mean when he says that all things serve Him? We must remember that part of the purpose of the law is to guide us to live as He created us to live. He created us with the purpose of worshiping Him, serving no other than Him, and to live loving those around us. Of course the tress and such don’t have emotions that would be described as loving but they understand fully what it means to serve Him as they were created to do.
These pieces of nature were created for their various purposes of bearing fruit and multiplying their kind. They produce the nuts, fruits and seeds that they were created to do and are therefore a source of food for other items of creation, including humans. They also shed their leaves and dead limbs giving the needed nesting material for the birds and critters that require them for house-building. Yes, they are serving Him as they were created to do and therefore living up to their portion of obeying the law that God has given.
Likewise, the little critters, larger animals and multitudes of birds, insects and other creepy crawly things, have their purpose and know that they can serve the Creator by living out that purpose. Whether it is the bee that pollinates the various plants and flowers or the earthworm that causes the soil to enjoy proper balance of nutrients, they all live out their way of serving God through the law He has set forth for them. This knowledge should spur us on to the delight of living out His purpose too.
Making It Personal
Do you know what God created you to do? Are you doing what He created you to do? How could doing what you are created to do, be serving the Lord?
Making It Personal Kids
Did you know that Jesus created you for a purpose? What do you think that purpose could be? How do you serve Jesus?
Father, thank You for the reminder that all of creation has a purpose in Your plan. Help us understand what You have called us to do so that we can serve You and praise You just as all creation does. In Jesus’ name, amen.